ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – India vs Sri Lanka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs Sri Lanka taking place? Saturday 6th July – 10:30 (UK)

Where is India vs Sri Lanka taking place? Headingley, Leeds

What is the expected weather for India vs Sri Lanka? 18-19c with sunshine forecast all day with the occasional cloudy spells

What television channel is India vs Sri Lanka on in the UK? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream India vs Sri Lanka? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for India vs Sri Lanka? Tickets are still available to purchase for this game via Stubhub.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: India beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

Coach: Ravi Shastri

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • India have cruised through the group stage with their only defeat coming against England last Sunday and they bounced back from that loss by beating Bangladesh on Tuesday while they will be keen to wrap things up here ahead of the semis with another win against Sri Lanka.

  • Virat Kohli’s men will be keen to carry momentum into the knockout stage by winning this match but they will also be keen to put leaders Australia under pressure by winning this game which starts three hours earlier than theirs and attempting to leapfrog them which would see them finish top and play New Zealand in the semi-finals rather than England.

  • There continues to be some debate as to how they will replace the injured Vijay Shankar as the lack of an alternative bowler behind their four mainline bowlers and Hardik Pandya remains a concern and they may give Ravindra Jadeja an opportunity here.

SRI LANKA

Coach: Chandika Hathurusinghe

Captain: Dimuth Karunaratne

  • Sri Lanka’s up-and-down World Cup continued last time out as they managed to smash 338/6 against the West Indies on Monday and beat them by 23 runs but it was too little too late for them as their loss to an already-eliminated South African team just days before cost them any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

  • They relished playing without pressure against the Windies with their batsmen enjoying conditions in Durham and 21-year-old Avishka Fernando was the star of the show with an excellent century and they will look for more from him in this final match.

  • Lasith Malinga continues to lead the way with the ball having taken 12 wickets in the last five matches and they will look to him for early wickets especially against this formidable opening Indian partnership and the in-form Rohit Sharma especially.

THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka managed to pick up a good win over West Indies on Monday despite already being eliminated but coming up against a motivated India team that will be keen to sharpen up before the semi-finals is a much different proposition. Virat Kohli’s men will be keen to get a win to build some momentum and their bowling unit especially should have far too much quality for this fragile Sri Lankan batting line-up. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are forming an excellent opening partnership, and India should be fully capable of putting another marker down to wrap up the group stage.